Book of Boba Fett, episode 3 reveals how the show matches the Mandalorian

Disney +’s latest live action takes place in Star wars the universe has something in common with each other – besides, of course, being part of the same franchise. Both The Mandalorian and The book about Boba Fett focus on cropped armored mercenaries trying to earn a living outside the bounds of the law in a galaxy far, far away. While The Mandalorian focuses on the traditionalist mandaloric bounty hunter Din Djarinn (Pedro Pascal), often referred to as Mando, The book about Boba Fett follows the path of the tab’s favorite titular character (Temuera Morrison) after the fall of the empire. While Fett’s adventures take place exclusively on the desert planet Tatooine (at least so far), Mando’s journey takes him to many different corners of the galaxy. The two eventually run into each other and even get into fights and then team up to meet a bunch of Imperial soldiers in season 2 of The Mandalorian. But how exactly do the shows harmonize with each other? Section 3 of The book about Boba Fett provides answers to this question.

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Like both previous episodes of The book about Boba Fett, “The Streets of Mos Espa” is divided into two timelines. In the detective part of the episode, Boba Fett keeps trying to establish himself as Daimyo from Mos Espa. He recruits a gang of unruly teenagers who improve their bodies with droid parts when an apparent ceasefire with the Hutt twins finds out that Mayor Mok Shaiz has been working with the Pyke syndicate.

The criminal family of Oba Diah connects the current timeline with the past, with Fett going up to the syndicate’s leader in Mos Eisley to negotiate their passage through the Tusken Raider-controlled dune sea. Pyke Chefs (Phil LaMarr) informs Fett that they do not mind paying Tuskens for protection, but that the family already has another group of alleged gentlemen in the Dune Sea on their payroll: the Kintan Striders speeder gang, which Fett then terrorized the people of Tatooine in two previous episodes. The former bounty hunter promises to take care of the gang and make sure all payments are made to Tuskens, who took him in, but when he returns to the Sandfolk Village, he finds it completely destroyed, with no sign of life.



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Fett’s short passage through Mos Eisley offers a clear connection between what is going on in at least one of the timelines in The book about Boba Fett and Djarinn’s journey. Fett drives into Mos Eisley on his bantha and passes a number of stormtroopers’ helmets on spikes, as well as a curly-haired woman followed by three small droids. Fans of both shows certainly recognized both the scenery and the woman from The Mandalorian‘s season 1 episode “The Gunslinger.”

In “The Gunslinger”, Mando arrives at Mos Eisley with baby Grogu in tow and leaves his ship in the spaceport under the supervision of the curly-haired mechanic Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris). Although he is adamant that he does not want droids near his ship, and Motto ultimately complies with his request, the woman is usually helped by – you guessed it! – three small droids. It’s not bad to say that the person Boba Fett walked past in “The Streets of Mos Espa” is none other than Peli Motto himself, especially when we consider the other evidence.


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After dropping his ship (and Grogu) with Motto, Djarinn goes looking for a job in the Mos Eisley canteen. On the way there, he passes the same row of stormtrooper helmets as Fett, suggesting that both bounty hunters were in town around the same time. Things get even more interesting when Mando arrives at the canteen and finds himself at a concert.

Although the droid who fits the bar quickly informs Djarinn that the guild is not doing business there anymore, a man sitting alone at a table calls him over. He presents himself as Toro Calican (Jake Cannavale), a junk bounty hunter who must catch a target to be admitted to the guild. He promises that Mando can keep the reward all to himself as long as he helps him defeat a certain woman: the much-feared mercenary Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), who later becomes Daimyo Boba Fett’s right hand man. At first, he hesitated to hunt down such a dangerous killer, and Djarinn informs Calican that Shand has worked for all of the galaxy’s main crime syndicates, including Hutts, and that she will not be easy to apprehend. Eventually, however, he admits and sets out to help the aspiring guild member on his quest.



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However, things do not go quite as planned, and Mando experiences that he is turned from hunter to prey. The bounty hunters travel to the middle of the dune sea looking for Shand, and after almost being killed by one of her traps, they finally manage to catch her. The problem is that they do not have enough porters to take her back to Mos Eisley. While Mando goes back to pick up the dewback that had served as bait for Shand’s trap, the elite killer manages to convince Calican that he should give his partner in instead of her, and tell him the story of Mandalorian, who shot the guild at Navarro and took with him a goal of high value.

Shand’s goal is to convince Calican to let her go, but once again things do not go quite as expected: before Calican sets off to hunt Djarinn alone, Calican shoots down his previous target, leaving her to death in the Tatooine Desert. At the end of the episode, however, a mysterious figure appears and kneels next to her body. Later in the show, it is revealed that this person is none other than Boba Fett, who saves Shand and helps her recover from her wounds. Was it him she was to meet in Mos Espa at the meeting she mentioned for Calican before she was shot? We can still find out.


Right now, let’s list what we have learned from these two episodes: Boba Fett went to Mos Eisley to negotiate with Pykes at about the same time as Djarinn was in town. This means that Mando’s first trips with baby Grogu take place during Fett’s captivity and later partnership with the Tusken Raiders. Since we also know that Fett was the one who helped Shand get back on his feet, it is not easy to assume that the two bounty hunters became allies shortly after the events depicted in the Tusken Raiders timeline in “The Streets of Mos Espa”. Maybe the next paragraphs of The book about Boba Fett will spend some of his runtime showing the first steps in the Fett and Shand partnership. And maybe we’ll even see the battle for Fett’s armor and the battle against the stormtroopers from The Mandalorian Season 2 from a different point of view sometime in the future.

New sections of The book about Boba Fett come out on Wednesday, at Disney +. Season 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian are also available for streaming on Disney +.


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